At its June 18, 2020 monthly meeting, Columbia Housing’s Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Ivory Mathews as its new executive director and Chief Executive Officer.
Mathews was brought in as interim executive director to replace the previous executive director, Gilbert Walker who retired June 30, 2019 after 20 years in that position. Mathews was named to the permanent position after nearly a year as Columbia Housing’s interim executive director.
In naming Mathews, Commissioners noted the challenging times and circumstances following the untimely carbon monoxide deaths of Calvin Witherspoon and Derrick Roper at Allen Benedict Court and the relocation of more than 200 families.
Board Chairman Ernest Cromartie, III says Mathews leadership acumen and work ethic made all the difference in moving agency forward. “We were pleased to select a strong resident-focused leader committed to serving the Columbia Housing community and community at large--all while improving efficiencies and producing measurable outcomes,” says Cromartie. “Ivory has excellent leadership qualities and her ability to work with the board to also execute our collective vision makes her a great fit. The Board’s unanimously action to make Ivory Mathews permanent is one indicia of many positive things to come. This is a new day, concludes Cromartie, III.”
Mathews took the helm of Columbia Housing after nearly five years as the executive director for the Greenville Housing Authority. Earlier in her career, she worked for housing authorities in Toledo, Ohio, and Aiken, South Carolina.
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